Female directors bring kinky Wonder Women and bloody Revenge to Fantastic Fest 

Amid all the controversy surrounding this year’s Fantastic Fest, there’s one group that should not get lost in the shuffle: The female filmmakers whose works screened at the festival. If the film industry in general is male-dominated, the genre film world is even more so, making visibility and support for the women…

Ike Barinholtz to direct satirical thriller about discussing politics at Thanksgiving

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ike Barinholtz is set to make his directorial debut with The Oath, a “satirical thriller” that he also wrote and will star in. The movie apparently has a “timely script,” and The Hollywood Reporter says it’s set in a “politically divided America” where all citizens are required to…

Avatar 2 adds a bunch of young actors who probably don't remember the first movie

James Cameron’s Avatar came out in 2009, and while that’s not too long ago in terms of the history of the human race, it feels like an eternity in movie years. Now, in a movie that inadvertently underlines just how long it’s been since Avatar, Cameron’s highly anticipated (?) sequel has cast a handful child/teen…

Teenage thriller Super Dark Times is a lot better before the super dark times begin

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For a brief but blissful stretch, Super Dark Times comes closer than most films to capturing the private, painfully uncool world of teenage boys: the afternoons of eventfully uneventful downtime, burnt away on mild transgressions and conversational one-upmanship. Two gawky high schoolers, Zach (Owen Campbell) and Josh…

Apologies to It, but Gerald's Game shows how to really adapt a Stephen King bestseller

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Stephen King is having a moment, and so is Mike Flanagan. Coming off of the positive critical buzz surrounding last year’s Hush and Ouija: Origin Of Evil, Flanagan decided to re-team with Hush producer Netflix for a film adaptation of Gerald’s Game. It’s not an easy sell: Not only is King’s book structured in such a…

Who needs a Top Gun sequel when you’ve got Tom Cruise flying high in American Made?

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For years, dating back to his post-2000s retreat into damage-control movie-star mode, Tom Cruise has been threatening to make a sequel to Top Gun, the 1986 flyboy picture that upgraded him from star to superstar. Belatedly sequelizing one of his most beloved and most terrible movies has always been a…

Phil Lord and Chris Miller to direct adaptation of Martian author's new novel

According to Deadline, Phil Lord and Chris Miller have found their first feature directing gig since getting fired from the Han Solo movie. They’ve signed on to make Artemis, an adaptation of the upcoming novel from The Martian author Andy Weir. The book won’t be released until November, but it’s apparently an…

Lucky is Harry Dean Stanton’s accidental but ideal swan song

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Harry Dean Stanton’s death not even two weeks ago can’t exactly be called unexpected, given that he was 91 years old. Still, it’s almost as if he deliberately timed it to coincide with the release of Lucky, a film expressly about coming to terms with the prospect that you will soon no longer exist. The directorial…

Mark Felt pulls Deep Throat from the shadows, but not even Liam Neeson can make him interesting

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When Hal Halbrook played “Deep Throat” in All The President’s Men, he embodied an abstraction—someone whose identity almost nobody knew. It would be another three decades before Mark Felt, the FBI’s associate director during much of the Watergate scandal, confessed that he had been Woodward and Bernstein’s infamous…

Stephen King tries to explain why The Dark Tower movie was so bad

Though it had some flaws, the recent big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s
It has been largely well-received by pretty much everyone. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for this summer’s other big-screen King adaptation, The Dark Tower, which turned a weird-in-a-good-way fantasy epic about cowboys and wizards…

An unseen Ed Wood movie ignites a firestorm of controversy at Fantastic Fest 

If Fantastic Fest tried to downplay the controversy currently swirling around parent theater Alamo Drafthouse on its opening night, that became impossible over the weekend. Saturday, questions about the Alamo’s removal of film site Ain’t It Cool News as a Fantastic Fest media sponsor days before the festival were…

Chevy Chase, Richard Dreyfuss, and Lewis Black to star in Netflix comedy

As announced in a press release, Netflix has lined up Chevy Chase, Richard Dreyfuss, Lewis Black, Andie MacDowell, Kate Micucci, and Chris Parnell to star in a new comedy film called The Last Laugh. The movie is about a “talent manager and widower” who reconnects with one of his old clients, a stand-up who quit so he…

It sequel floats to a 2019 release date

Andrés Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King’s It made a ridiculous amount of money, ensuring that Muschietti would get a chance to finish the story with a planned follow-up film that—like the second half of the book—catches up with the It kids once they’ve grown up. Now, that It sequel is officially in the works, …

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Maze Runner becomes Mad Max in the trailer for The Death Cure 

The Maze Runner movies have always seemed like a weirder, more complex dystopian universe than something like The Hunger Games, with the first installment’s story about amnesiac teens trapped in some kind of prison maze leading into some crazy Resident Evil shit about a virus and a mysterious organization. Also,…

Business as usual for Fantastic Fest means pillow fights and killer clay

Devin Faraci is not here. Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League isn’t here either. League’s usual introductory duties for opening night of Fantastic Fest were passed off to equally qualified but lesser-seen female staff members this year, after the revelation that League continued to employ Faraci in secret after sexual…